Ex-Rwanda envoy to India shot in South Africa (Second Lead)
Johannesburg, June 20 (IANS) A former Rwandan ambassador to India was in serious condition Sunday after being shot and wounded here, a media report said.
A gunman opened fire on the car of Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, also a former chief of Rwandan Army, as he and his wife were returning from shopping in Johannesburg’s Melrose area around noon.
According to Xinhua, Nyamwasa, who fled to South Africa in February after Rwandan authorities accused him of involvement in a bomb attack, rushed him to a hospital.
A fierce critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Nyamwasa was in critical condition. He underwent a surgery for a stomach wound.
His wife Rosette called the attack a murder attempt. She said the attacker continued firing till his gun jammed.
South African security agencies were reportedly probing the case.
Nyamwasa had sought asylum in South Africa. But the Rwandan government had applied for his extradition. Nyamwasa reportedly fled to South Africa after resigning as Rwanda’s ambassador to India.